Corduroy Math and Literacy Activities for Preschool

Our Corduroy Unit is the first of 42 units in our Let's Play.Learn.Grow Curriculum. Corduroy is one of my kid's favorite books and we have had an absolute blast playing and learning and reading along with Corduroy.
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This post includes all of the Math and Literacy Activities we did as part of our Corduroy Unit.

Corduroy Themed Math and Literacy Activities

We started each day by reading Corduroy. One of the components of each week of the curriculum is reading one main story every single day and then at the end of the week doing a retell and drawing a picture to match. We will be sharing more about this journal/retelling part of the curriculum soon. 

And then we got to work playing and having fun together. Below you can find the details for each of the Math and Literacy activities. 

Corduroy Themed Name Craft for Preschoolers to practice spelling their name.

 CORDUROY NAME CRAFT: Learning how to spell your name is an important preschool skill. Our Corduroy name craft is super simple to put together and the Corduroy unit includes the template to make Corduroy's overalls. Simply print on green paper, use letter stamps to stamp out the name, and add buttons to finish it off.

Practice forming letters with this fun hands on letter activity using playdough and buttons.

PLAYDOUGH & BUTTON LETTER Bb: The focus letter of the Corduroy unit is the letter Bb. What says "hands-on" more than playdough. The kids used playdough to form the letter Bb and then used buttons to retrace the letter Bb for additional practice.  

Corduroy: Find & Cover Beginning Sound Bb

FIND & COVER BEGINNING SOUND LETTER Bb: Using fun thematic maniuplatives is one of my favorite ways to bring in a theme to our learning. We used buttons to find and cover all of the pictures that begin with /b/.

Corduroy: Find and Cover Letter Bb

FIND AND COVER LETTER Bb: We used buttons to cover all of the capital and lowercase letter Bbs on our Find and Cover Letters mat. These mats are included in the program for all of the letters and can be used in a variety of different ways across units both as part of the curriculum and as supplemental for other learning you complete. 

Sorting capital and lowercase letters visual discrimination activity to go along with Corduroy

CAPITAL AND LOWERCASE LETTER Bb BUTTON SORT: This is a fun activity to work on visually discriminating between capital and lower letter Bbs. We took the button cards from the activity pack, punched a hole in it and then use two pieces of string to sort and lace the Bbs. 

Practice identifying letters in a fun way with flip and cover letters. Cover the letters with buttons to go along with the Corduroy theme.

FLIP AND COVER LETTERS: This was our "all the letters" activity for the week. You simply cut out all of the letter cards, place them in pile upside down, flip over a card, read the letter, say the sound, and use a manipulative (we chose buttons) to cover the letter on the mat. You then continue until you have all letters covered.

Corudroy: Sewing Sight Words

SEWING SIGHT WORDS: This activity is similar to the Bb sorting activity above, but this time we identified sight words. We simply cut out the buttons, punched a hole in each one, picked a button sight word, read it, and then strung it onto a piece of string. If she didn't identify the sight word correctly it went back into the pile to try again.

Corduroy: Rhyming Words Poster

RHYMING WORDS POSTER: Our literacy focus skill this week was rhyming words and we started the week with talking about what rhyming words are and then used this chart to discuss some familiar rhymes. We also came up with additional words that rhymed with each of these words and came up with our own rhyming pairs.

Corduroy: Rhyming Words Matching Activity

RHYMING WORDS MATCH: We continued our rhyming activities with this fun button and bear rhyming words match up activity. We laid out all of the bears and then placed the button cards in a pile. Miss 4 picked a button, said the word on each button, and then matched it to the bear that rhymed.

Corduroy: Rhymes/Does Not Rhyme Sort

RHYMES/DOES NOT RHYME SORT: Another fun rhyming activity we completed was this rhymes/does not rhyme sort. We placed the header cards out and talked about what each one said. We mixed up all of the cards and Miss 4 would pick a card, say what each of the pictures were, determine if they rhymed or did not rhyme, and then placed it under the correct header.

Corduroy: Cover a Rhyme is a rhyming words matching activity for preschool.

COVER A RHYME: This activity was a fun one for Miss 4. We placed the picture cards in a pile, picked a card, identified the picture, and then used buttons to cover the picture on the mat. We continued until all pictures were covered.

Corduroy: Sorting by Attribute

SORTING BY ATTRIBUTE: Our math focus skill for the week was sorting by attributes. We sorted by color, shape, and size and used buttons and counting bears to help us practice this valuable early learning math skill. We used paper buttons I printed from clipart; however these plastic shape buttons would be perfect for any button themed sorting activities. 

Corduroy: Which One is Different Clip Cards Visual Discrimination Fine Motor Activity

WHICH ONE IS DIFFERENT CLIP CARDS:  In addition to sorting by attribute, we talked about similarities and differences and completed this visual discrimination activity. We used clothespins to find which of the pictures on each card was different than the rest. Clip cards are perfect for adding in a fine motor component to learning. 

We had an absolute blast playing and learning alongside Corduroy!!!


Corduroy Preschool Unit


You can find the lesson plans, directions, and activity printables for all activities in the Corduroy unit plus all 41 other units in our Let's Play.Learn.Grow Curriculum

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